Testosterone And Health – What Should Your T Levels be?

I’ve written a lot about how your testosterone and health are linked, looking at the benefits of having higher/ healthy testosterone levels and the negatives/ heath impact of having low testosterone levels. What we haven’t looked at is, what your actual testosterone levels should be and what low, average and high testosterone levels actually look like in terms of figures. So this is what today article is going to be looking at.

How The Body Uses Testosterone

Prior to looking at the levels themselves, I thought it would be useful to go over at a high level what testosterone is used for.

Testosterone in males is important for:

  • Development during puberty Skeleton With Organs
  • Sperm creation
  • Strengthening of muscles and bones
  • Sex drive

Testosterone in females is essential for:

  • Maintaining levels of other hormones
  • Sex drive and fertility
  • Making new blood cells

Having low or unhealthy testosterone levels actually effects more than just the above, you can find out more on how testosterone and health are linked in terms of both how low levels and high levels effect your health with these Testosterone And Health Articles.

Some Things To Note Regarding Testosterone Levels

Before we jump in to what are considered normal, low and high testosterone levels. There were a couple of things I wanted to make sure were noted in regard to testosterone levels as a whole. For most people testosterone levels peak around the age of 20 & will start to decline around the age of 30 by approximately 1% per year.

Even if T levels are naturally declining, if you sit in the low end of the scale, this shouldn’t be the case and with the natural decline, you can still take steps to increase your levels and gain the benefits to be had from higher T! You can find out more about the benefits of having higher testosterone in this article on Testosterone And Health – The Benefits Of Higher T

The Different Ways To Measure Testosterone Levels

There are two major ways that doctors or medical professionals/ services may look at measuring your testosterone levels, these are:

Testosterone in nanograms per deciliter (ng/dl):

This is what most medical professionals and services use and what you will most commonly see in studies in to testosterone levels.

The Tanner Scale:

This has been used to track the visual development of children during puberty, in line with the five fixed Calculator and Sumsstages rather than a person’s specific age.

As an example, stage two of the Tanner scale refers to the growth of a boy’s testicles or development of breast buds for girls, as supposed to their actual age.

As hormone levels change very quickly throughout puberty and development happen at different ages for people, the Tanner scale is often viewed as a more accurate scale to judge changes during puberty as supposed to looking at the age of an individual.

For the purpose of this article we are going to look at levels on the basis of ng/dl, mainly as I feel the majority of people this article will be read by/ relevant to are adults. I will however be publishing a separate article on the Tanner scale at a later date, so keep an eye out for that and if you have any questions on the tanner scale, just drop me a comment below.

Testosterone Levels

The following tables show the range for healthy levels of total testosterone in the body. Levels with differ within this range; but as long testosterone levels fall within it, they should be considered healthy.

Adult Male: 300-1,000 ng/dl

Adult Female: 15- 70 ng/dl

Low & High Levels

For men anything below 300 is considered to be low and if you are at this point, I would advise to get this seriously looked at. For women, while the average is 15 – 70, there is no generally perceived low levels, although I’d suggest that anything below 15 is definitely on the low end and should potentially be looked at.

Unfortunately low levels of testosterone are fairly common for men in particular but women as well. As mentioned earlier in this article, there are a number of health issues linked to low testosterone, which you can find out more about in this: Testosterone And Health – The Impact of Low T article

Much the same as with low levels for women, there is no clear guidelines as to what is considered high levels for men but anything above 1,200 ng/dl would be considered high. It is worth noting that without some form of “synthetic” assistance (steroids, TRT et.c) it’s going to be difficult to exceed the 1,200 ng/dl mark.

High levels of testosterone in women again are anything above the 75 mark, there are health issues that can come with women having too much testosterone, while this is rare, it’s usually something that doctors identify pretty quickly and easily!

How To Know What Your Testosterone Levels Are

So we’ve spoken in this testosterone and health article about what your levels should be; but how do you know if your levels Blood Testare below what is healthy or at the low end of the average range? You can get tests through your doctors; but going through the NHS this can be quite a long process and mean jumping through quite a few hoops, there are also private companies that offer home testosterone testing kits, they will then analyze your sample and provide your results online for you at access along with any advised actions.

You can find out more about testing services and the UK based service that I recommend in this Recommended UK Home Testosterone Test Article

Can You Boost Testosterone Production & Levels?

If you’ve had your levels tested and it turns out you have low T or if you fear you have low T. It is possible to boost testosterone levels naturally through diet, exercise and lifestyle and also through therapies.

In fact this whole site is designed to help you naturally boost testosterone production. So if having low T is a reality or a worry take a look at my other articles. If having low T levels is something that you still suspect, check out this Testosterone And Health article – The Signs of Low T and see if it’s relevant to yourself, if it is, there’s a possibility you are suffering from low testosterone levels.

Final Thoughts

I hope you have found this article on Testosterone and health interesting and you’ve been left with a clear sense of what healthy testosterone levels look like. If you have any queries in regard to this article, your testosterone and health or how to boost testosterone production, just drop me a comment below and I’ll get back to you.

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14 thoughts on “Testosterone And Health – What Should Your T Levels be?

  1. Never considered to look into my T level. I will have to check it just to be sure everything is ok lol.

    Would you consider using supplements to raise T level or it shouldn’t be a smart thing to do?

    1. Hey Dalibor,

      In my experience your hormone levels are almost equal to exercise and your diet when it comes to your health and your body. I would consider getting them tested as by increasing them you will see greater results in terms of muscle gain and fat loss. Yes you can use supplements to increase T levels, I’d personally recommend supplementing the vitamins and minerals that increase T as supposed to opting for testosterone boosting supplements. You can see the vitamins and minerals I advise for increase testosterone on these ways to increase testosterone naturally articles

  2. To be honest here I used to hear of testosterone, but never knew what it meant, also i didn’t even know what level i have. What device would you recommend?

    Thank you for this very detailed information, got a lot of information from this.

  3. I’ve long wondered what my T levels are by the year, especially for someone who loves to workout constantly, benefitting from at least normal to what constitutes the higher-end of normal is something I’ll strive for in years to come. I see you have recommended a UK testing procedure that appears to be simple, but is there anything home-based like this in the US?

    1. Hi Todd,

      Yeah making sure your levels stay healthy is important, especially once you hit the age of 30 as T levels start to drop naturally anyway. There are similar services and there are a couple that colleagues in the US have advised provide a good service, I’ll publishing an article on this soon, so keep an eye out for it.

  4. Great post! So, the T level depends on the age, right? Or does the T level calculation take in consideration the weight of a person? And I will need to see a doctor to improve my T level if it’s too low, is that compulsory? 

    I never tested my T level and before reading your blog, I never knew that as a person in general I needed to have a good testosterone presence in my body. I’m always happy to read your publications.

    Thanks

    1. Hey, 

      Thanks for your comment, so your testosterone levels will naturally lower as you age, your levels though are regardless of your weight, you just want to make sure that your levels are ideally in line with where they should be for your age. 

      No there are plenty of ways to increase testosterone, check out some of my other articles for advice on how to naturally increase T levels. If you have extremely low levels I would advise consulting your GP though. I’d recommend getting your levels tested if you are experiencing the symptoms of Low T, check out the most common symptoms of low T in this Testosterone And Health Article – If you suffer from a few of the symptoms, I’d get your levels tested. 

  5. I didn’t T levels were that important until I read your article. I found interesting that the difference between the T levels for men and women’s is so big. I guess that is because we required more to be capable of developing everything ok during puberty.

    Do you know if I can make the blood test myself? I would like to know my levels. This is something that is concerning me since I read your article. If I have something low, I can start a diet as you suggested and avoid any kind of health issues.

    Thanks for sharing

    1. Hi Andres, 

      I’m glad you found this article useful! 

      Yeah where testosterone is the primary male hormone, male T levels are a lot higher!

      Yes there are blood tests that you can do yourself from home, you then send the tests off to get the results and can access them online. 

      You can find out more Testosterone testing kits, in my article here on home testosterone tests

  6. This article is very instructive, Nate!

    Even that I’ve studied biology during high school, I couldn’t know so well about our testosterone levels. 

    By recognizing that after the age of 30, our testosterone levels will start to decline by approximately 1% per year really frightened me. As I don’t always eat with a healthy diet, this really encouraged me to live a more disciplined lifestyle.

    Do you know how can we possibly do to reduce the speed of our testosterone levels declining?

  7. Thanks for reminding us about the testosterone. So both men and women have certain ‘safe’ level for testosterone. this is a new knowledge for me. I never considered testing my T level, so I might want to do it the next time I do my routine medical check up. Just a question here, is being a vegetarian directly affecting the testosterone? Thank you for your answer. 

    1. Hey, 

      I’m glad you found this article useful! 

      Yeah both men and women need to have testosterone, women need far lower levels than men. 

      Being vegetarian does make it more difficult to maintain healthy testosterone levels as a lot of your T production is based on cholesterol intake. I’d check out this  Testosterone And Health ArticleIt takes you through the five common signs of having low T, so see if you suffer from any of these and if you, it will probably then be something to potentially explore with your doctor. 

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